Friday, March 27, 2020

The Issues Surrounding Telehealth Visits

Now more than ever many of us need to speak with our therapists.  Levels of anxiety are running high, and mood swings seem the new normal for those of us with anxiety, depression and bipolar disorder.

But orders from most state governors have us stuck inside, even in quarantine, and our therapists’ offices are closed to in-person sessions.  While therapists and doctors are scrambling to set-up the technology to conduct appointments over the phone, through FaceTime or Skype, many aren’t equipped to make the change quickly.  And the demand is overwhelming.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

The Body Knows Best

Mental illness affects the entire body, and in efforts to manage it we must carefully consider what our bodies are telling us.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Mindfulness As Resistance

Mindfulness practice is often viewed as a relaxing experience that enables a person to view their thoughts, and the world around them, without judgment.  But the practice can also be used to rise up against thoughts that hold us back.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Meditation to Predict Mood Changes

Meditation has helped me a lot in managing my bipolar disorder.  There are so many promises made by mindfulness teachers, and so much contradictory information about meditation, that people have lost sight of the fact that the real reason to meditate is to notice things.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Embracing the Limits of Faith and Ritual

"Live without limits" may be the worst self-help advice anyone has ever given.  Maybe we need to look back toward the rules that formed us and bound us together as a caring society.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Finding Hope and Meaning at Life's End

End of life experiences like redemption, reconciliation and transcendence, are rarely considered by doctors.  To them, death is a failure, and the clinical aspects of treatment leave little room for anything but last-ditch attempts to prolong life and manage pain.